If you like to play with your receiver then Pioneer is hard to beat. Advanced MCACC has 6 eq presets and numeros audio and video adjustments. I had an SC-27 and loved it. Elites are also the best looking imo. But again, my opinion.
I currently have one those cyclops Marantz 7005's and it's a capable receiver (and matches my other Marantz gear) but it doesn't live up to all the hoopla (the magazines seem to love it). I actually liked the 6005 I had before it a little better. The 7008 does look interesting, however. Marantz avr's are very easy to use.
I've always found Denon receivers to be a pain to live with. Very difficult for me to setup and operate. Solid performers but crack open a bottle of Excedrin first.
I've also had an Integra 70.2 and and only fault was the re-deigned remote and no Pure Analog which Onkyo's apparently have (???). Should have kept that one too. Knobs, buttons, look and feel didn't didn't seem like a high-end product but not a big issue. I would buy an Integra but not an Onkyo. Can't explain why so dont ask.
Yamaha is the one consumer level receiver I havent had yet but would love to try one.
Pioneer's and Yamaha's only allow a single crossover settng for all speaker groups. others allow you to set them seperately.
Also consider the Anthem MRX-500 and even the Sherbourn SR-120 ($459, down from $1999). Sherbourn is owned by Emotiva and they're selling outtheir product ilne. Very tempting but read the manual.
Edited by gene c, September 04 2013 - 02:25 PM.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.
"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
Also have MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.